There was something electric about the morning of September 15, 2015. New York Fashion Week was nearing its end, but Rio Uribe was just getting started. Thanks to a little push from Anna Wintour herself, he was about make Gypsy Sport's official Fashion Week runway debut down at Milk MADE studios in Chelsea. Three years after its conception, the New York-based-but-forever-global street-smart brand was moving away from the presentation game and getting itself a bonafide runway. A few weeks later, Gypsy Sport was showing at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund show. Casual.
With a riff on the iconic I Heart New York logo illuminating the runway, Uribe sent down the season’s most eclectic and diverse model lineup wearing designs that celebrated the body and the freedom of movement. Men, women, and every gender in between walked, strutted, and break-danced before a stunned audience. There were no inhibitions. Satin mixed with raffia, athletic mesh and jersey kicked off with exaggerated septum rings, and tops were cut to reveal plenty of torso. “Gender-less” was a popular term thrown around this season, but Gypsy Sport captured it to a 'T'. The brand has been breathing life into the movement since its inception.
We caught up with Rio Uribe after he returned to New York following the aforementioned CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund show in Los Angeles, to find out what makes the world of Gypsy Sport so compelling and so refreshingly welcome.